What is the storm drain connection.
We depend on storm drains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local waterways.
You can do your part to protect the Huron River. It’s Easy!
Begin by understanding where pollution comes from. Over 50% of the pollution that impacts our water supply occurs when heavy rains or snowmelts — called runoff — wash over land and carry contaminants from our everyday activities into the nearest waterway. Things like phosphorus in lawn fertilizers, pesticides, spilled household cleaners or auto fluids, pet waste, road salt, and more qualify as pollutants.
From disposing of prescription drugs through a “take back” program or choosing phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, to picking up pet waste or maintaining your septic system, there are many ways to make a difference. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Pick Up Pet Waste
- Dispose of Home Toxics
- Take Back Drugs
- Maintain Your Septic
- Go Phosphorus-Free
- Grow a Healthy Lawn
Preventing or slowing the surging erosive flows of polluted water that happen when rain falls on hard surfaces such as roads, parking lots and rooftops is also part of the solution.
- Garden with Native Plants
- Plant a Rain Garden
- Use a Rain Barrel
Using water efficiently and using less of it saves energy, saves money and reduces carbon emissions. Help mitigate global warming impacts to the Huron River with tips and tools for using water wisely.
- Tips for Smart Water Use
- Tools & Calculators
- Protect Against Aquatic Invasives
- Prevent Soil Erosion
- Keep Your Boat Clean
- Report Illegal Dumping
- Join the discussion: Community Decision-Making
Because the quality of the Huron River is directly impacted by the amount of hard surfaces around it, encourage higher density development where infrastructure already exists, and prioritize protecting natural areas that provide the ecological services necessary to maintain clean water.